Category: Diy

DIYHappy Hour: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Happy Hour: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte 

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One of our favorite things about fall? Okay, besides cozy sweaters, good denim, and great boots…a PSL (pumpkin spice latte)! We wait all year long for these warm, delicious, and perfectly pumpkin-y beverages and decided to make our own – with a twist. We added dark rum, coffee liqueur, pumpkin pie spice, and real pumpkin and vanilla to take this drink to the next level. Perfect for serving at your upcoming holiday parties or cozying up by the fire with, this is a cocktail you’ll be making for years to come. Read below to get the recipe!

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Ingredients

1 cup Whole Milk

3 tablespoons Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

2 tablespoons Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 cup Freshly Brewed Dark Roast Coffee

1 oz Dark Rum

1 oz Kahlua or Coffee Liqueur

 

Directions

– Combine milk, canned pumpkin, and sugar into a saucepan. Warm on medium heat until hot (but not boiling), whisking occasionally.

– Add in remaining ingredients and stir well.

– Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and star anise, serve, and enjoy!

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DIYHappy Hour: Spring Citrus Spritzer

Happy Hour: Spring Citrus Spritzer with Lulus

Happy Hour: Spring Citrus Spritzer

Whether you’re on vacation or just dreaming of one, we’ve got just the thing to put you in total relaxation mode: our Spring Citrus Spritzer. Light, refreshing, and bubbly with a splash of sweetness, this citrus spirit will put a spring in your step. So kick back your feet and read on for the how-to on this easy and delicious beverage!

 

Ingredients (makes one)

1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Champagne

2 oz. Grapefruit Soda

1 teaspoon Lemon Simple Syrup*

 

Mix all ingredients into shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour, adding a slice of ruby red grapefruit or other citrus fruit for garnish. For a non alcoholic version, omit vodka and champagne and replace with tonic or sparkling water.

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Happy Hour: Spring Citrus Spritzer

For your next cocktail night, shop our selection of spring-inspired cocktail dresses below. If you decide to make your own Spring Citrus Spritzer, let us know your happy hour plans in the comments below and share your pics with #lovelulus.

We hope you enjoy this refreshing happy hour concoction!

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*You may be able to purchase the Lemon Simple Syrup online (we used Sonoma Syrup’s Meyer Lemon version – so good!) or at specialty food stores and bottle shops, but making your own is as simple as combining sugar, water, lemon zest and lemon juice. See below for a simple syrup recipe you can use in anything from happy hour cocktails to summer afternoon sweet tea!

Lemon Simple Syrup (makes about 1 1/2 cups):

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

Juice and zest from one lemon

Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is clear. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and zest, stirring until just combined. Cover the mixture and allow to steep until cool. Once cooled, remove the lemon zest and store the syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four weeks. (This recipe was adapted from The Pioneer Woman website.)

DIYNew Year, New You!

With 2016 so close at hand, why not get a head start on making your New Year’s resolutions!? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite DIY posts to assure a new you is easy to accomplish. Treat yourself to a little lovin’ and start your year off on the right (perfectly-pampered) foot!

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Take some time to check out the featured blog posts by clicking the links below!

Clockwise from top left:

1. At Home Spa Treatments

2. Coconut Coffee Scrub Cubes

3. Makeup Remover

4. Coconut Rose Body Scrub

5. Lavender Coconut Whipped Body Butter

DIYBlack Widow Cocktail

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Be the ghostess with the mostess at your Halloween bash this year by impressing your friends with the spook-tacular Black Widow cocktail! Blavod black vodka sets a moody tone for this potent potion, with Chambord and cranberry juice offering a not-too-sweet berry flavor. Add a bit of dry ice for a decorative swirling smoke effect and a beverage worthy of any ghoulish get-together!

 

The Black Widow (makes one)

1 oz. Blavod Black Vodka

1 oz. Chambord

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

A splash or two of club soda

Dry Ice Pellet (optional for decorative purposes)

 

Combine vodka, Chambord, cranberry juice, and club soda in a shaker and strain into a martini glass. Then (using tongs!) carefully drop in a dry ice pellet into a decorative drink. The dry ice will immediately start bubbling and creating a spooky smoke effect. Serve and enjoy!

 

Dry ice does require special handling instructions, but when worked with correctly it isn’t dangerous. It can be harmful if it is ingested or comes in contact with skin for too long. We recommend using the dry ice for decorative drinks, but if you do put them in your guests’ drinks be sure to caution your guests to not breathe in the “smoke” directly or ingest the dry ice pellet in their cup (which is unlikely since it will sink to the bottom of the glass). Wherever you buy your dry ice should offer you a safety pamphlet with purchase, but you can also read about safe dry ice handling here and here.

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Want to make this a mocktail? Simply omit the vodka and Chambord for a bubbly berry beverage!

DIYKir Royale Cocktail Recipe

Kir Royale Cocktail Recipe

 

Kir Royale Cocktail Recipe

We’ve been in the mood for a fall refresh, which not only includes our wardrobes, but cocktails as well. Autumn seems to have a more sophisticated and sultry feel, and the Kir Royale is a classic French cocktail that’s simply the perfect fit for the season. The Kir Royale can be made with a variety of other berry and fruit liqueurs, but with early autumn settling in, we chose in-season blackberries, and Crème de Cassis – a black currant liqueur. This drink is light and bubbly with a rich berry flavor … not to mention incredibly refreshing! Topped off with juicy blackberries (or raspberries!)  for garnish, you’ll be enjoying this drink throughout the season.

 

Ingredients (makes one cocktail)

1/2 oz. Crème de Cassis

3 oz. French champagne or sparkling wine

Blackberries for garnish

 

Simply pour the two liquids together in a champagne flute, top with blackberries, and enjoy!

 

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Do you have any favorite autumn cocktail recipes?